Sunday, October 22, 2017

Texas prep QB Tune backs out of verbal commitment to Kansas

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


The Kansas football program lost more than a Big 12 road game to a top-five team Saturday night in Texas.

Just more than an hour after TCU clobbered the Jayhawks, 43-0, Clayton Tune, the only quarterback and lone Texas prep in KU's 2018 recruiting class, made it known he had backed out of his verbal commitment to David Beaty and his staff.

Tune announced on Twitter his plan to listen to pitches from other coaching staffs.

“I have opened up my recruitment,” Tune tweeted out. “I'm going to put my faith in God and trust the process.”

Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, Tune, a standout QB at Hebron High, in Carrollton, Texas, committed to Beaty and Kansas back in February.

Tune also sent an appreciative tweet out to Baylor tight ends coach Joey McGuire on Saturday evening, thanking the assistant for having him on what is presumed to be a recruiting visit.

The winless Bears lost a home game to West Virginia, 38-36, on Saturday, after scoring 23 fourth-quarter points in a rally that fell short of an upset victory.

The news on Tune’s recruitment shrunk KU’s pool of 2018 commitments to 10. The list still includes five-star New Orleans receiver Devonta Jason and his Landry-Walker High teammate, four-star cornerback Corione Harris.

None by Clayton Tune

None by Clayton Tune


Chris Bailey 5 years, 1 month ago

Just one of many. Beaty is as done as an over cooked steak!

Brett McCabe 5 years, 1 month ago

Bad news - good news. Bad news that we lost another recruit. Good news in that this makes it easier for Girod to point to some things when he makes his announcement.

Bill McGovern 5 years, 1 month ago

Wow now we have recruits backing out... chancellor needs to make a change.

Austin Lopez 5 years, 1 month ago

Let the de-commits start rolling in! What is this the 5th recruit to back out since September ?

Brett McCabe 5 years, 1 month ago

The drip will continue. I can't see a single recruit staying with us, which is why the argument often used on this site "you have to start over with a new staff" is completely a moot point. The kids don't believe in what they are seeing, they are embarrassed to say they are committed to KU and they will mostly disappear by the end of the year. A new staff is going to be the same place this staff is - trying to build a class from scratch beginning in December.

Austin Lopez 5 years, 1 month ago

Well Brett, Time is ticking for KU to get the next coaching staff in here! We must get a full recruiting class this year but how can we accomplish that with more guys decommitting than committing? Wasn't Kansas main reason for hiring Beaty was his Texas recruiting ties? I haven't seen any high profile Texas kids committing to him.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 1 month ago

On back-to-back occasions, Zenger fell for the hype. With Weis, it was I'll bring in 5-star transfers, a superior coaching mind and we'll get this thing fixed. With Beaty it was, I'll reel in Texas players and install an offense they already run at their high schools.

As I posted previously. If you are building your dream house, you don't hire an architect that just got fired by a big name firm and you don't hire an apprentice who has never built a house before. You hire a guy who knows how to successfully design and build from the ground up. And it doesn't have to take five years to build a house.

We need a proven guy. It almost makes me cry to know that we were down to Calhoun and Beaty and Zenger ignored the proven pro, and bought into the salesman. Think where we would be right now had Zenger chosen right with either hire: thinking about a win vs KSU this weekend.

Austin Lopez 5 years, 1 month ago

Once these Louisiana kids decommit Kansas future will be in even more trouble, Also didn't one of the highly touted Louisiana commits put out a list of his top 10 schools not to long ago? This football program is headed for disaster. We must clean house and get some people in here with a proven track record.

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 1 month ago

This isn’t a football program this is a clown show.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 1 month ago

To call KU football a clown show is an insult to clown shows.

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 1 month ago

I hate to say this but you might be right.

Austin Lopez 5 years, 1 month ago

When Is Beaty going to take responsibility for this train wreck???

Bryan Mohr 5 years, 1 month ago

Beaty's going to take $3.4 million dollars, and leave the responsibility behind.

Austin Lopez 5 years, 1 month ago

Lets get Dino Babers, Mike Norvell, Lane Kiffin, Scott Frost, Les Miles, Philip Montgomery, Frank Wilson, Jason Candle, AND Chad Morris on the phone, lets see if any of them are interested in the head coaching job.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 1 month ago

Lane Kiffin and Les Miles failed at USC and LSU, respectively. We already hired a coach who failed at his last college head coaching stop (Charlie Weis at Notre Dame); why would we do the same thing that went so badly for us before?

Frederick Heckel 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't think you can really say Les Miles failed. He won a National Championship and constantly had them as contenders. He'd be a great hire if KU could pull it off.

Austin Lopez 5 years, 1 month ago

Lane Kiffin and Les Miles would damn sure be a upgrade to what we have now, I'll gladly take there 5-9 win seasons over these winless and one win seasons we have now.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 1 month ago

You make a good point Bryce. I don't want to see Kansas making the win at all cost that Louisville did when they brought back Bobby Petrino. Les Miles has a history of cheating going back to Oklahoma State that have followed him throughout his career.

I don't really know what to think of Lane Kiffin a.k.a. Joey Freshwater. He's made some questionable decisions that just seem to be off-the-wall. At FAU, he has allowed Kalib Woods to return to the football game with felony charges (felony battery which put 2 men in the hospital) as he is their star receiver. At USC, he had players switch jerseys/numbers in a game against Colorado. I really don't think he is the right decision maker we need for our football program.

And to be really honest, I doubt either coach with even pick up the phone if Kansas called.

Bill Jacobson 5 years, 1 month ago

This is embarrassing to the students and damaging to our brand. I would rather they shut down the program, take a year or two to find the right AD and Coach that knows what they are doing and then re-launch with a brand new program built from scratch.....I know it will never happen but a complete demolition is what is needed when your foundation is crumbling beneath you.

Mick Dupas 5 years, 1 month ago

Fire A.D. Zenger FIRST !..then Beatty...

Joe Norgay 5 years, 1 month ago

Please donate to the aerial banner campaign to fire Sheahon Zenger!

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 1 month ago

Hey Bryce ....Les Miles was 114 -34 at LSU .....he couldnt beat Alabama.....that was his problem..........114 - 34 ......thats not a failure ....Everybody is now judged by Alabama......Its Alabama.....and everybody else........

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 1 month ago

If you can't get Texas recruits with Texas ties thats unforgivable....who wants to go to a losing program ...Oklahoma has no problem getting Texas recruits and thats their biggest rival .....winning helps the process...KU is not winning ....therefore you cant get recruits .

Lance Hobson 5 years, 1 month ago

The losing is killing us. We’d be better off just giving us the death penalty and starting over in a few years. Firing Mangino was bad but this started with Weiss and now Beatty just couldn’t fix it. It’s quick sand for this administration, whatever change they make they just get in deeper.

Barry Weiss 5 years, 1 month ago

What can Beatty say went wrong, from his bowl prediction to a one win season, and all those losses are blow-outs, not even competitive games. Either he knew this team was not that good and he just committed a fraud of sorts on us, or he has no clue how to read his team and the competition. Either option is not good. What QB recruit would come after last night's game? Their parents, family, friends are all going to tell them don't go to Kansas. Their coach is a mess, their offense is a mess, their O-line will not protect you. You will never go to a bowl. Basically, just don't go there and throw away your career in football.

Michael Maris 5 years, 1 month ago


If you hire Lane Kiffin, you'll be hiring another coach who failed at a High Profile University (USC). Plus, he ditched Tennessee after just 1 season.

And, I don't recall hearing N. Saban crying when Kiffin decided to leave Bama.

Les Miles, he's probably take KU job for the same reason Weis did, to pad his pockets.

How about Willie Fritz? Or, if we really want to stay home, and bliw some minds? Troy Morrell (former Butler County Community College Head Coach). At least with Fritz and Morrell, they would've already established great relationships with High School Coaches in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Keep Coach Hull on staff to keep the Louisiana recruiting avenue open.

See if Ed Warriner would come back and coach the OL and be the OC.

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 1 month ago

No need to hire Fritz .......the offense is full of them .

Marcus Balzer 5 years, 1 month ago

It is only a matter of time before Devonta Jason de-commits and when he does it. is. all. over.

Austin Lopez 5 years, 1 month ago

@Michael, There’s a huge difference between Charlie and Les!!! Les actually has proven himself, only reason he was fired because he couldn’t beat Alabama plus the guy has a national championship on his resume! You don’t turn down a guy that’s been successful on the college level!! Les is somewhat of a Icon, He has a personality that will attract recruits. Think of a Avery Johnson and Alabama situation.

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 1 month ago

Joe, who do you like? I've had enough of nice. I want a rascal, someone edgy, innovative, builds toughness, a disciplinarian. A real exciting style would be like the high school coach who never punts, always kicks onside kicks. Couple that with a pounding ground attack mixed with deep balls. Old Nebraska style football would roll in this conference.

Mike Greer 5 years, 1 month ago

Les Miles did a respectable job rebuilding OSU, but then left them with nothing when he moved to LSU. Don't know why he'd want the KU job, unless he just likes a challenge. He had a respectable tenure at LSU, just couldn't beat Bama. I've been to events where Beaty spoke, he talks a good game, but zero results tells the story.

What was it I read about the football team during the Carlton Bragg ordeal, something about the football team all smoking, maybe they don't realize how bad they are getting beat.

Robert Brock 5 years, 1 month ago

Don't allow Sheahon Zenger to hire anybody. ANYBODY - not even a janitor! Fire Zenger, NOW!

Layne Pierce 5 years, 1 month ago

Builder, or recruiter, recruiter or builder. Recruiter and Builder, now you;ve got something.

David McNickle 5 years, 1 month ago

Miles and Kiffin? Step back and tell me why either of those two would even take a phone call. C'mon man!

Tom Gillaspie 5 years, 1 month ago

Exactly! No chance on Miles. When he returns to coaching it will somewhere he can "legitimately" pursue another national title. His words in a recent interview.

Richard Hernandez 5 years, 1 month ago

It's time to part ways with beaty he's not a HC his team isn't playing for him,not even remotely competitive,getting blown out does not bring in the good player's and now we are losing far as zenger goes he should not be allowed to hire another coach .so i guess he needs to be axed also! don't even know if Kansas wants to lay down big time cash for a big time coach!?

Bob Bailey 5 years, 1 month ago

The DC at what -- the number 2,3,4, 5 team should be the target. Can't remember the name. Take him, and pay the money!

Richie Wilson 5 years, 1 month ago

For those of you keeping score at home, Cozart had 3 touchdowns this weekend.

Austin Lopez 5 years, 1 month ago

It's sad that Beaty ran Cozart out of Kansas, We all might not agree on Cozart playing QB but all can agree that he would of helped this Kansas team at WR, CB, OR SAFETY!!! SHAME ON BEATY!!

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